Grade 9

Ninth grade is a year of powerful shared experiences. The class begins the year with a three-day trip to Cape Cod. Along with biking and hiking, the students engage in team-building activities and plan a skit for the opening school assembly about Falco's PRIDE, the school's character initiative. Back at school, they begin their high school studies with a humanities course focused on cultures and conflict, an English course that delves into contemporary literature and writing, a field-based biology course, advanced study of modern language and Latin, continuation of music electives in drumming, steel pan, and handbells, sophisticated techniques in arts, and a complex play in drama. At the heart of the ninth grade year is our exchange program with the Yali School in China. In the fall, Foote students host visitors from Yali; in the spring, our students travel to China for a two-week exploration of the country, including a four-day homestay with their Chinese peers.

The sixth grade Festival of the World caps a yearlong study of global cultures, religions and geography. Each student studies a different country, creating a range of informational and artistic projects, including a model of a famous landmark.

Meet Barry Fulton

Barry Fulton
Head of Middle School Barrington "Barry" Fulton Jr. is a dynamic educator who has spent nearly two decades as an independent school teacher and leader. Barry has passion for working with middle school students and a personal warmth that fosters trust and partnership with students, parents and faculty.


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